Posts by tag: SB6

Bimota March 3, 2012 posted by

Back For A Second Time: 1997 Bimota SB6R

Back For A Second Time:  1997 Bimota SB6R

I bring you this post as scenes from the Wizard of Oz play out not far from my house.  I’d take  a blizzard any day over this stuff.  This gem out of Rimini Italy has appeared here before.  Back in June, Andrew spotted this SB6R lurking on Los Angeles Craigslist.  It has made its’ way to Ebay now with some more information and pictures to enjoy.

Right off the bat you may want to know the title status.

From the seller:

original CA Title from 7/97.

Registered as special construction.

Original bill of sale from Bimota UK in Dunragit, Scotland. Shipped to US and titled in CA.

I’m just guessing he had go go special construction because California was giving him a hard time.  Worth investigating though.

Mmmmmmm, shiny.  The kind of shine that seduces you into lightning your wallet.

The details from the seller:

One owner, GSXR1100 motor as from the factory that year, recent 5 angle valve job, 144hp / 100lb torque at the wheel with Dyno sheets

Has OEM Certificate of Newness, owner’s manuals, graphic parts manuals with all part numbers. Paoli Forks and Ohlins shock manuals (it has Ohlins), 1997 Magazine reviews.

Recent service includes: Oil, filter, air filter, new chain, new coolant, new sprockets, new suspension fluids and seals, new brake pads all around, new clutch fluid, new Dunlop Qualifier Tires F+R, new battery.

The dashboard short circuited and had to be replaced so it actually shows about 30 miles on the new one.

I know, I know, special construction title and a different speedo.  I know where you are going.  It has all the outward appearances of a well loved bike and quite a bit of documentation.

I’ve come to consider the SB6R’s as the F150’s of Bimota’s.  We seem to see them for sale everywhere.  It looks like the asking price  a few months ago was $8,000 OBO.  Starting bid on Ebay is $7,300 with no takers so far.  I’m guessing the title status and speedo is spooking buyers.



Ask some questions and see if you can score a bargain Bimota.  Click  here.


Bimota February 26, 2012 posted by

Mailbag: Reader Rides and Sightings

The mailbag is bursting at the seams this week and with it are lots of readers rides and choice spots from around the world. Without further ado:

Tom has been cruising for finds and spotted these lovely homologoation specials and very rare birds. Thanks Tom!

A brand new Honda NR750 for just 105k GBP

Or how about a brand new RC45 for 39k GBP

Or a zero mile Mondial Piega for 17500 GBP. I’d never even heard of this one but there’s a nice writeup with the listing.

Ducati F1 750 Monjuich for 17k GBP

1992 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited for 28k GBP

{I’m going to need a cold shower now after that batch!}

Several folks emailed to alert us to this very rare Honda CBR900RR Fireblade TT100 Evolution, also in the UK, for 16500 GBP with 886 miles. Thanks guys!

Let’s keep the rare bits rolling with this Yamaha FZR750R OW01 forwarded on by Jeff. This one is for sale in Ohio with 12k miles for just $17500.

Robert emailed us his original owner 1993 Honda CBR900RR that’s now available for $6k with 20k miles. Great looking ride, good luck with the sale!

Spotted in our own RSBFS Classifieds is a 1988 Ducati 851 Tri-Color. Has been in storage for some time with just 400 miles, asking $29k.

Jay just got this Ducati 916 in on trade with lots of upgrades and carbon bits.

Dan alerted us to two of his Suzuki’s last week and this week he’s got an SB6 for us priced at $9999 with under 9k miles. Refreshing to see one that’s been enjoyed a little bit!

Finally, Brian spotted this amazingly clean 1984 Honda Interceptor 500 with just 2k miles for $3900. Nice to sprinkle in something that anyone could afford!

Have a great week everyone and if you have a bike for sale or spot something of interest, shoot us an email!


Bimota July 1, 2011 posted by

Italian Stallion: 1998 Bimota SB6-R

For Sale: 1998 Bimota SB6-R

The SB6 series of Bimotas might just be the most approachable of the entire Bimota line. I know that everybody has their favorites, but for the uninitiated this might just be the best entry point into the wonderful world of handbuilt sportbikes. If you are not into Bimotas, the “SB6” nomenclature stands for Suzuki (powerplant) Bimota (manufacturer) 6 (number of Suzuki-powered types created by Bimota).

The Suzuki power in this case is from the same year GSX-R1100 – a very well respected powerplant for big horsepower numbers. The rest of the bike is pure Bimota, which is to say gorgeously appointed with top level components and lots of carbon fiber. The best part about these Italian thoroughbreds is that they really work; this SB6 has handling to match its good looks.

From the seller:
1998 Bimota Other, Classic Bimota SB 6-R bike, carbon fiber, 1100cc engine,Liquid cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC 4 valves per cylinder- low milage, stored in dry climate, barely ridden.

So why do I think these models are some of the more approachable of the Bimota lineup? Since they seem to be more common than the YB or KB series, they are more modern and more plentiful. The Suzuki engine is a gem, and readily serviced at a dealer near you. The ergos are reasonable, and the prices are usually more in line with the numbers.

As most Bimotas are coveted and well cared for, they usually have low miles. This one is sporting only 3,500 miles on the clock, according to the seller. The asking price is $10k OBO. The $10k part is a bit high by some standards, although I will note that the lack of high-res, detailed photographs would be my first concern. If you are interested in this bike, I would contact the seller for more information. Past sales of these models has been spotty – the ask is usually in the $10k range, but reality sounds a little lower than that at the end of the day. Still, that is not bad for a piece of collectable exotica that you can ride – especially if the seller is motivated!

For more information and to check out your chance of owning this Japanese-Italian superbike, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


Bimota February 14, 2011 posted by

Bargain Bimota! 2nd chance SB6R!

For Sale: 1997 Bimota SB6R

Attention class: School is in session. Open your textbooks to RSBFS’s earlier post on this very bike, a ’97 Bimota SB6R. Note that Ian called out the price as being perhaps a tad on the high side and recommended talking the seller down to more competitive levels. Well, if you didn’t do that, you now have a second chance – and THIS time you will be able to score an honest-to-God BIMOTA for the kind of scratch it takes to purchase an “ordinary” used bike.

Powered buy a Suzuki GSX-R 1100 motor, the SB6R blends Japanese hypercycle horsepower with Italian engineering and style. These bikes originally sold for stratospherically high prices compared to its mass-produced Japanese bretheren, but have recently come down in price. Part of this is due to the fact that production during this era of Bimota was at an all time high – the SB6 is perhaps the least exclusive of the 1990’s Bimota lineup. The pricing on this particular bike is aided by a fair amount of miles 16k, along with the seller experiencing some difficulties on the sales cycle.

From the seller:
1997 Bimota SB6R, orignal owner, always garaged. Milage 16000 estimate .GSXR 1100 motor,. ZESSB6000TR00014. European VIN Number. ***Orignal California Certificate of Title dated 07/14/1997. Orignal Bill of Sale: Bimota UK, Dunragit, Strangaer, Scottland.***OEM Certificate of Newness, Warranty book, Owners manual, with wiring diagrams, complete OEM graphic parts manual with all the bike part numbers , Paioli front fork manual, Olins shock manual. 11,000 Olins shock rebuilt, August 2009 the bike was completely detailed. This included new oil,filter, new air filter, new coolant,new chain, new rear sprocket, new fork seals, new fork oil, new front and rear brake pads, new brake lever, new hydraulic fluid clutch, new Dunlap quailifer tires front and rear, new Brimbo rear brake caliper, new battery. Since August 2009 I have put 2010 miles on the bike.OEM combination Tach and Speedmeter replaced with GSXR750 instrument panel because the OEM tach died and I could not get a replacement. The new Tach works but the speedometer is not hooked up.

Why am I selling the bike. I love it but I am 64 years old and I cannot ride the bike anymore in the sportbike riding position. It has always been garaged, never been in the rain and always have good maintenance.

While this is the second time around on RSBFS, this bike is making its third appearance on eBay, due to buyers backing out. The price as been drastically reduced to a BIN $8,500 OBO, which is about as fair a price range as you can ask for one of these models. Act quickly, and you will be sporting a shiny new red ride just in time for Spring! For more pictures, all of the details, and to score yourself a bargain, click the link and Class closed.


Bimota December 18, 2010 posted by

Japanese Muscle Meets Italian Engineering – 1997 Bimota SB6R

 Japanese Muscle Meets Italian Engineering – 1997 Bimota SB6R

Ho-hum another day and another Bimota.  I’m about to take these off the endangered species list.  It seems like we’ve had a steady stream of almost every late model Bimota here at RSBFS.  Add this one to the list.  It is a one owner bike and that owner had decided it is time to move on.  If you happen to have $12,000 in your pocket it’s yours.

From the ad:   

1997 Bimota SB6R, original owner, always garaged. Milage 16,000. GSXR 1100 motor, 5 angle valve job. 144 RHP, 100LBS torque. ZESSB6000TR00014. European VIN Number. I am the original owner of the bike. Always garaged. ***Original California Certificate of Title dated 07/14/1997. Registered as special construction. Original Bill of Sale: Bimota UK, Dunragit, Strangaer, Scottland. Shipped to the United States. Clear Title in California. ***OEM Certificate of Newness, Warranty book, Owners manual, with wiring diagrams, complete OEM graphic parts manual with all the bike part numbers , Paioli front fork manual, Olins shock manual. ***August 2009 the bike was completely detailed. This included new oil,filter, new air filter, new coolant,new chain, new rear sprocket, new fork seals, new fork oil, new front and rear brake pads, new brake lever, new hydraulic fluid clutch, new Dunlap quailifer tires front and rear, new Brimbo rear brake caliper, new battery. Since August 2009 I have put 2010 miles on the bike.***OEM combination Tach and Speedmoter replaced with GSXR750 instrument panel because the OEM tach died and I could not get a replacement. The new Tach works but the speedometer is not hooked up. ***Las Vegas , Nevada, call 702-361-0958 for more information or photos. Why sell? I am 64 and I cannot ride for long periods of time on the bike. I have all records, Cash only.

Lets say you are in the market for liter bike for the street. Now, lets pretend you talk the owner down to the $10,500 to $11,000 range.  Would you rather have an older exotic like this or the latest and greatest from Japan?  I know which one I would choose.  This particular bike is located in sin city and can be seen here.


Bimota November 13, 2010 posted by

1998 Bimota S6R with a Buy It Now price of $4150!

1998 Bimota S6R with only 5630 miles and a Buy It Now price of $4150!

Sounds like a smashing deal, doesn’t it?  I thought so too, until I read that  a.) the bike is “stranded” in Europe  b.) it has been involved in an accident.  Now, before you write this bike off completely, let’s see how bad it’s been smacked up:

You bidding on a 1998 BIMOTA SB6R (Suzuki 1100cc engine)

I’m selling this bike for a friend of mine. It was taken to Europe (Austria) 6 years ago and it’s still there since. The bike was involved in  an accident back in 2004 (A car ran over it in a parking lot). All plastic fairings are broken, clutch and brake lever, both handle bars,mirrors, windscreen, left side foot peg bracket, are broken, must be replaced . The gas tank and the frame is scratched and fixable.. Forks, rims, tires, radiator are good.. This bike has only 5630 original miles… it has aftermarket exhaust, carburetors, ignition module, chain and sprockets, new tires.. Florida clean title.. Vin#ZESSB6003WR000018 no warranty.  Runs and drives..

Buy it now price:  2995euro (4150.00usd) shipping is 300euro(415usd) within Europe.

Now let’s look at what it is first: the SB6R is the 7th (I consider the SB6 to be the 6th) Bimota with a Suzuki engine in it, and this time it’s the bullet-proof water cooled GSX-R1100 engine.  It’s got a stout SLC (Straight Line Connection) perimeter beam frame, massive (at the time, and to a certain extent, even today for a RSU fork) 46mm Paoli forks, Ohlins rear shock, Brembo brakes, all nicely wrapped in some sexy clothing.

Building on the success of the earlier SB6 model (a total of 1144 units were built, the most popular Bimota model to date), the SB6R had some minor mechanical updates plus a completely redesigned set of bodywork.  The changes improved the handling and engine response over the SB6, which was already a very fast bike in itself.  The SB6R proved to be a popular model as well with 600 units sold, but to many Bimotistis, the SB6 is the prettier sister and remains one of the prettiest Bimotas ever.

Now, back to this specific crash-damaged, stranded-in-Europe sample: the damage list sounds extensive, but it doesn’t look TOO bad from the photos. Broken clutch and brake lever? Easy.  Handlebars?  No sweat.  Left side foot peg bracket?  Hello ebay! The gas tank and the frame is scratched and fixable.  The most concerning parts are the damaged bodywork, mirrors, and windscreen, but you wouldn’t be needing those for a streetfighter now, would you?

Which is basically how I see this bike as – a potentially very cool streetfighter project.  Of course, you can also rip off all the lights and turn it into a track bike, but I don’t see much point in that.  Or, you can replace the bodywork with a set of SB6 replacement fairings from Airtech Streamlining – that works too. However, for me, the best way is to stick a bikini fairing on it and custom fit a set of cool projectors lights, along with some street bike handlebars and top it all off with a nice subtle custom paint job. What better way to show off that beautiful polished SLC perimeter beam frame?


Bimota October 4, 2010 posted by

1997 BIMOTA SB6R: Daily Rider?

1997 BIMOTA SB6R: Daily Rider?

It isn’t illegal to do that, is it?  We’ve had an absolute run of Bimotas lately here on RSBFS.  This one seems to be a little different.  It has a few miles under its’ belt and it has the scars on it to prove it.  What I’m getting at is that maybe there is a deal to be had here.  If you could score a decent price on this bike you could then ride in confidence knowing you weren’t ruining a museum piece or tossing the savings account you just spent down the road. 

Now the seller states the bike has never been down.  I’m just putting two and two together here.  Cracked right lower, scrape on right front upper, scratches on right side of tank.  My guess is it had a very low speed incident of some sort on the right side.    Hopefully all that equals a low reserve.

From the auction:


We won’t know if this is just a mirage of a deal or the real thing until the reserve is met.  Would a decent deal be around $8,000 to $9,000?  I’ve seen a couple of comparable bikes in excellent condition listed around $10,500.   Bimota’s are rare and catching a good deal on one is even more rare.  If you are up for taking a shot at finding the reserve .


Bimota August 26, 2009 posted by

3 Bimotas For Sale Right Now, Each Under $10k!

Here are some rare modern classics for sale on eBay for under $10k each. Let the Italian goodness begin:

Bimota YB5 For Sale

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

This lightweight cycle (from 208 units made in 1987) comprises classic Bimota tri-color design, Yamaha FJ1200 engine, robust 41.7 mm Marzocchi M1R forks, and Brembo (good enough for the Dr. Rossi) brakes, and lightweight Technomagnesio wheels, all in near perfect condition.


Here are some interesting facts about this motorcycle’s history:

1. Purchased from Nick Ienatsch, famous motorcycle journalist, racer and teacher at the Freddie Spencer Riding School.
2. This YB5 was owned by Nick’s father.
3. Includes original vinyl folder, including owner’s manual and warranty and service booklets. Also includes official workshop manual (two copies).
4. Purchased around May or June 2001
5. Excerpt from Bimota book regarding YB5 is enclosed.
6. This bike has been kept in push button, start up condition: the carbs are clean and the steel gas tank has had a properly applied rust proof treatment.

Bimota YB11 For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

I purchased this from the original owner 4 yeas ago with 1900 miles. The previous owner took very good care of it and also replaced the tires with new Metzeler Rennsports at the time of sale. It has an upgraded Euro headlight and upgraded Ohlins rear suspension.

I have taken meticulous care of this machine. It is in mint condition, always garaged, covered and properly maintained. I actually change all the hydraulic fluids after each ride. I just performed a complete tune up with Amsoil synthetic fluids and a new OEM battery.

The paint work is all original, never dropped, scratched or touched up. The black portion of the lowers have been perfectly refinished due to lifting of the logo type decal.

I am including the OEM workshop manual with electrical wiring diagram as well as the parts microfiche and sales brochure. I have the passengers seat and rear foot pegs that are unused as well as 1 unused spare key. All the documents and paper trail from the original owner are also included.

Bimota SB6 For Sale

quote from the eBay listing:

One of only 700+ red, white and carbon SB6’s

Only flaw is touch up paint on chin of fairing and paint chips near kick stand (see photos)

From a later run of bikes with upgraded controls, rear sets, wheels, dash, gauges, strengthened body work, and exhaust system.

Vehicle Description

* GSXR 1100 water/oil-cooled
* All carbon fiber body, dashboard, fenders
* New battery
* Clean carbs
* Runs well
* Owner’s manual
* Marchesini wheels
* Massive beam frame
* Complete Brembo brake system – 320mm front disc
* Paioli carbon fiber front forks – Ohlins rear shock
* Original 4 into 2 into 1 into 2 undertail exhaust

All three are super delicious, but I think I’m most turned on by the YB11 with the super low miles and Yamaha Thunderace engine. Not that I could handle a monster like that, but it’d sure look great in my living room!

Thanks again to Doug for his spotting help!